We’re all guilty of procrastination.
We start the day with the intention of doing one thing, and it gets pushed off for later in the day. Then the next day. And soon after, the next week.
It’s a never-ending cycle that never seems to get any easier.
Before we introduce the seven research-backed ways to stop procrastinating, here are some guidelines to digest to maximize your success in beating procrastination.
1. Recognize that you’re procrastinating
It’s hard to make any adjustments in your working habits if you don’t realize that you need it. It’s why AA meetings start with individuals stating “Hi, my name is Jerry, and I’m an alcoholic.”
Of course, we don’t need to take it this far, but being self-aware of your strengths and weaknesses is the first step in effective change.
Signs you may be a procrastinator:
Filling your day with low priority tasks from your To-Do List.
Reading emails several times without starting work on them or deciding what you’re going to do with them.
Sitting down to start a high-priority task, and almost immediately going off to make a cup of coffee.
Leaving an item on your To Do list for a long time, even though you know it’s important.
Regularly saying “Yes” to unimportant tasks that others ask you to do, and filling your time with these instead of getting on with the important tasks already on your list.
Waiting for the “right mood” or the “right time” to tackle the important task at hand.
Still not sure if you’re a procrastinator?